Join us for an evening with Oisín Curran, winner of the 2018 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award for his novel, Blood Fable.
The Raddall Award, first presented in 1991, was established with an endowment by Thomas Head Raddall. With ongoing support from the Raddall family, this award honours the work of fiction writers in the Atlantic region and, as the original benefactor envisioned, provides “the gift of time and peace of mind” so essential to the creation of new work. (Source: WFNS website) It is the largest literary prize awarded in Atlantic Canada.
“Oisín Curran’s Blood Fable is an adventure for the heart and soul.” —Johanna Skibsrud, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize
⇒Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m.
⇒Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia atrium, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Presented by the Dalhousie Libraries and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.
About Oisín Curran:
Oisín has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University where he led fiction-writing workshops for undergraduates at the beginner and intermediate levels. He has also taught screenwriting at the University of Maine at Orono. Recently he’s led fiction workshops in Cape Breton and Maine. In addition to Blood Fable, Oisín has published a novel called Mopus (2008). (Source: WFNS website)
About Blood Fable:
Maine, 1980. A utopian community is on the verge of collapse. The charismatic leader’s authority teeters as his followers come to realize they’ve been exploited for too long. To make matters worse, the eleven-year-old son of one adherent learns that his mother has cancer.
Taking refuge in his imagination, the boy begins to speak of another time and place. His parents believe he is remembering his own life before birth. This memory, a story within the story of Blood Fable, is an epic tale about the search for a lost city refracted through the lens of the adventures the boy loves to read. But strangely, as the world around them falls apart, he and his parents find that his story seems to foretell the events unfolding in their present lives.